Media release: Galoshans Festival receives new funding


RIG Arts has received support from the National Lottery, in the latest round of Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, towards Galoshans 2019.

Galoshans will bring exhibitions, theatre, live music, and much more out into the heart of the community. A range of local and national artists will be commissioned to collaborate with the public to create work to a theme, showcased in established venues, non-traditional exhibition spaces, on the street and in hidden spaces throughout Inverclyde.

Taking place between 25 and 26 October, this year’s theme will be James Watt: Innovation, encouraging work inspired by the life and work of arguably Greenock’s most famous sons.

A community parade will take centre stage, culminating in a vibrant celebration in Greenock’s Historic Quarter – building on existing community relationships through the projects’ local partners as well as encouraging new community involvement.

Lauren Grech – project manager, Galoshans, said: “We are thrilled to have received funding from Creative Scotland for Inverclyde’s fifth annual Galoshans Festival.

“This funding will allow us to present a variety of arts and culture to our heritage rich community, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together for shared experiences. The fund also gives us a chance to really celebrate Greenock inventor, James Watt, on the bicentenary of his death, adopting his achievements through the use of innovation and light.

“Galoshans Festival is a much-loved event for many and we can’t wait to do it bigger and better than ever before.”

Iain Munro, acting CEO at Creative Scotland, said: “With funding from the National Lottery, we are delighted to support the fifth edition of Galoshans and look forward to experiencing this year’s creative programme which has the community at its heart.”


Notes for editors:

A full breakdown of July’s Open Project Fund awards, can be found here.

Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at two years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception). Application guidance and forms can be found here.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Further information at

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